Kane County Cuthbert wins #11
#1 Wil Myers C 2009 3rd Round Pick currently at A+ Wilmington .334/.434/.544 16 HR Career Minor league stats
#2 Eric Hosmer 1b #3 Overall pick 2008 currently at AA NW Arkansas .292/.372/.469 23 HR
#3 Mike Montgomery SP Supplementary Pick #36 Overall 2008 3.06 FIP 242 IP 214 Ks 72 BBs 171 Hits allowed
#4 Mike Moustakas 3b #2 Overall pick 2007 Omaha Royal .279/.336/.492 67 HR
#5 John Lamb SP 5th Round Pick 2008 3.22 FIP 205 IP 9.35 K/9 2.63 BB/9
#6 Danny Duffy SP 3rd Round Pick 2007 3.04 FIP 311.3 IP 10.32 K/9 2.92 BB/9
#7 Chris Dwyer SP 4th Round Pick 2009 3.63 FIP 99.3 IP 10.15 K/9 4.35 BB/9
#8 Christian Colon SS 1st Round Pick 2010 .273/.319/.364 3 HR in 57 gms
#9 Aaron Crow SP 1st Round Pick 2009 163.1 IP 143 K 181 H 19 HR
#10 Tim Collins RP Acquired in Trade for Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth
#11 Cheslor Cuthbert 3b International Free Agent
Brett Eibner 2nd round pick 2010 #54 overall- This years 2nd round pick Eibner is a multi-tool centerfielder from the University of Arkansas has a great arm that has hit high 90s on the gun when he pitched and showed plenty of power at the University of Arkansas hitting 22 home runs his last season there. Eibner appears to have some struggles making contact as he struckout in 26% of his plate appearances between college and the Cape Cod League and will need to continue to refine his approach. At 6'4 210 lbs with big pop, speed and arm strength he definitely has alot of upside and that potential was enough of a reason the Royals took him in the 2nd round and gave him low first round type money. He'll start soon in Idaho Falls and should be ready to play in Wilmington next season.
Louis Coleman 5th round Pick 2009 #152 overall - Coleman had an up and down career at LSU struggling his first two seasons to excelling his junior and senior season out of the pen and as a starter both. Coleman contributed to LSU's 2009 CWS title closing out the deciding game versus Texas. Drafted as a reliever only he has a fastball/slider combo that grades out as average to slightly above. His fastball for the most part sits in the low 90s with a peak of 95. At times he struggles at staying on top of his slider because he throws from a 3/4 arm angle and that pitch will flatten out leading to a longball but for the most part he has breezed thru the minors striking out over a man per inning. Coleman should challenge for the big league pen next season and could be a solid setup combo with Collins.
117 IP 76 H 30 BB 126 K 2.87 FIP
Johnny Giavotella 2nd Rd Pick #49 overall 2008- Giavotella had a monster 2nd half this season for the Naturals .374/.436/.571 after posting a .727 first half OPS. It's a great second half that has restored his status as a possible top Royals prospect after struggling in the RH difficult Frawley field (.674 Hm OPS vs .784). Gio has a patient approach drawing 61 walks compared to only 67 strikeouts and has been a significantly better second half performer in both of his two full seasons in the minors. That is a positive sign that he is patient and can make adjustments after seeing pitchers multiple times which definitely is a positive sign. A not so positive sign is Giavotella's poor defense which doesn't seem to be getting much better with 13 errors in 134 AA games. Gio according to BA has poor footwork a slow first step and poor range to his right although he does possess an above average arm.
.294/.370/.415 16 HR 145 BB/ 146 K
David Lough 2007 11th Rd Pick - Baseball America - Lough's above-average speed is his best tool, but what stands out most is his lack of a clear weakness. The rest of his tools all project to be right around major league average. He showed a more advanced approach at the plate in 2009. His swing is short and direct, which allows him to hit for average and rarely strike out. Thanks to his strong wrists, he projects to hit for average power, though he's most comfortable lining doubles into the gaps. He's an average defender in center field who usually has played in left because he has been alongside quality center fielders. Lough from A ball to AA was a bit of a free swinger carrying no higher than a 6.4% walk percentage and for the first half of his AAA season he was that player as well. Then working at the top of the order ahead of Alex Gordon, Kila Ka'aihue and Mike Moustakas in the second half of the season Lough changed something up drawing 30 walks in his last 190 ABs. Overall his season was less than stellar but acceptable considering the improvement from June on. One part of his game I would like eliminated is the sacrifice bunt, Lough had 17 sacrifices on the season.
.299/.356/.470 45 Hr 107/223 BB/K 1520 ABs